In order to focus our staff and other resources on the Museum’s extensive renovation and construction project, our study centers will be closed July 31, 2018, through 2019. We are aware of the inconvenience this temporary closure may pose to your research, and hope you understand why this is necessary during this busy and exciting period for us. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Architecture and Design Study Center

The Lily Auchincloss Study Center for Architecture and Design allows researchers access to reference materials related to the Museum’s collection of architectural drawings, models, and photographs, as well as design objects, graphics, and the Mies van der Rohe Archive. By appointment Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. For more information, email

Drawings and Prints Study Center

At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Drawings and Prints Study Center, researchers can access the Museum’s extensive collection of works on paper, including drawings, prints, illustrated books, artists’ books, and multiples. Curatorial files on works may also be available for consultation. Open to individuals by appointment only, Monday and Wednesday, 2:00–5:00 p.m. (please review visit guidelines. All course visit requests for the fall 2017 academic semester are due by August 18, 2017, and all course visit requests for the spring 2018 academic semester are due by January 12, 2018. (Please review course visit guidelines). To request an appointment please fill out the online form. For more information, please email:

Painting and Sculpture Study Center

The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Painting and Sculpture Study Center maintains files on more than 3,400 paintings and sculptures in the Museum’s collection. Material on individual works may include archival photographs, label and catalog texts, press clippings, press releases, and correspondence. By appointment Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Call (212) 708-9653 or email:

Photography Study Center

Researchers can use the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Photography Study Center to consult photographs from the Museum’s collection. The Study Center is available by appointment only, on Mondays from 2pm-5pm, October through May. Class visits should be booked at least 3 months in advance. Please note that only 15 people, including the teachers may be present in the room at one time. Individual appointments should be made at least 4 weeks in advance. To request an appointment please fill out the online form. For more information, please email:

Media and Performance Study Center

The Media and Performance Study Center facilitates viewings of collection works and provides access to selected related documentation. The Study Center is open by appointment only, Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m, with a minimum of four weeks advance notice. Contact the Study Center using the online form.

Film Study Center

The Celeste Bartos International Film Study Center offers screening facilities for viewing films from the Museum’s collection; a large selection of screenplays and dialogue continuities; extensive files of reviews, articles, and program notes; reference books; special collections; film indexes; and current periodicals. Films and documentation are made available only to scholars, researchers, and students. The catalog of film collection holdings is not available online. A partial list of Special Collections holdings is available. For more about the Film Study Center, see the FAQ.

Film Stills Archive

The Film Stills Archive is located at The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center in Hamlin, Pennsylvania. The collection is available to researchers and scholars by appointment with the Film Study Center only. While the Film Study Center is closed, researchers may want to contact the following organizations for film stills:

32 East 31 Street, fifth floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 633-6330

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
(212) 870-1630

Academy Film Archive
Center for Motion Picture Study
Margaret Herrick Library
333 South La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 247-3020
Special collections: (310) 247-3000

The British Film Institute
Stills, Posters and Designs
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
020 7957 4797
Fax: 020 7323 9260

George Eastman House
Motion Picture Department
Stills, Posters and Paper Collections
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 271-3361, ext. 279
Fax: (585) 256-3397